Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"Sarah's Garden" by Kelly Long

A Patch of Heaven ~ Book One

Sarah's Garden (A Patch of Heaven Novel)

Book Description:

When Sarah realizes that she has fallen in love with an Englisch doctor, she must choose between loving a man and losing her family.

Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains, shy Sarah King is happiest when working in her vibrant Amish kitchen garden, but new family responsibilities lead her into the confusing world of the Englisch. Sarah finds her life turned around when she encounters the community's new Englisch veterinarian, Grant Williams. His blue-gold eyes and his obvious concern for her people attract her immediately.

Sarah seeks solace and direction from the Lord as she creates a quilt pattern which details her struggle between two worlds.

The Lord is guiding Sarah to follow His will, but will she listen?
My Thoughts:
This book started with Sarah being so very timid and afraid of really socializing with people especially when she has to take over the running of hte family's road-side stand.
Completely opposite, I thought Grant was very forward and took a lot of liberties.
As the come to know one another and each other's cultures, things even out a bit.  Grant realizes that he has to take his relationship with Sarah seriously and not just something to pass the time.  Sarah becomes more comfortable being around people and really opens up not only to Grant but also to the other Amish in her community.
I enjoyed this book but the ending seemed to come a little too easy.  Maybe just compared to other Amish books that I've read. 
The author does point out in the beginning that each Amish community is very different from each other.  We tend to think that they are all alike in their behaviors and beliefs.
Either way, I look forward to reading more about Jacob and Lilly in the next book of the serious.  "Lilly's Wedding Quilt".  It looks like it is going to be a great read!

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